Confessions (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 21)
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: The Catholic University of America Press
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THROUGHOUT THE CONFESSIONS it is evident that St. Augustine is addressing his words directly to God. As he himself says...
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1. Augustine's Boyhood
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THOU ART GREAT, O Lord, and greatly to be praised.'1 'Thy power is great and of Thy wisdom there is no number.'...
2. A Year of Idleness
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I WANT TO RECALL to mind my foul deeds of the past and the carnal corruptions of my soul-not because I love them, but in order that...
3. Life in Carthage
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TO CARTHAGE I CAME, and a hissing cauldron1 of shameful loves seethed around me on all sides. I was not in love, yet I loved to love...
4. Nine Years a Manichaean
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DURING THIS SAME PERIOO of nine years, from my nineteenth to my twenty-eighth year, we were led astray and we led...
5. Teaching in Rome and Milan
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ACCEPT THE SACRIFICE of my Confession as the offering of my tongue, which Thou hast formed and stimulated to confess unto...
6. Moral and Religious Indecision
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WHERE WERT THOU, 'O My Hope from youth,'1and whither hadst Thou retired afar Off?2 Hadst Thou not made me...
7. Through Philosophy to Christ
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MY EVIL AND WICKED adolescence was now dead and I was passing into manhood .The more mature I grew in age, the more ugly...
8. Struggles of Conversion
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MY GOD, may I recall and confess Thy mercies to me, I in the act of giving thanks to Thee. Let my bones be bathed with Thy love and let them say:...
9. Augustine's Baptism; Monica's Death
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O LORD, 'I AM THY SERVANT: I am Thy servant and the son of Thy handmaid. Thou hast broken my bonds; to Thee will I offer...
10. Searching for God in Memory
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SHALL KNOW THEE,' O Knower of mine, 'I shall know Thee even as I have been known.' Virtue of my soul, go deep into...
11. God and the Beginning of Time
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SINCE ETERNITY is Thine, O Lord, dost Thou not know what I am saying to Thee, or dost Thou see what is going on in time, in relation...
12. The Author of Heaven and Earth
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IN THIS POOR LIFE of mine, my heart, struck by the words of Thy Holy Scripture, is puzzling over many things, Lord. So, oftentimes,...
13. The First Seven Days
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I INVOKE THEE my God, my Mercy,who hast made me-Thou didst not forget even when Thou wert forgotten...
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Page Count: 514
Publication Year: 2010